Former Union telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanidhi Maran, listed as main accused in the illegal telephone connections case, failed to appear in a CBI court here today. Four others accused in the case appeared in the court in connection with the issuance of charge sheet copies.
CBI had on December 9, 2016, filed a charge sheet against against Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi among others, for allegedly using 764 high-speed data lines at the former’s residence which were used by Sun TV channel, causing a loss of Rs 1.78 crore to the exchequer.
The high-end telecommunication facilities were illegally under the service category for which bills were not raised for 2004-’07.
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S Kannan, the chief technical assistant of Sun TV and V Gowthaman, the then Additional Private Secretary to Dayanidhi Maran, K S Ravi, electrician of Sun TV and a BSNL official Velusamy, who were named as the other accused in the charge sheet, appeared before the judge today.
The CBI judge then adjourned the matter for June 6.